Stronger Than Fear
Mental Health in the Developer Community
Ed Finkler • @funkatron • funkatron.com
PyTennessee 2015 • #pyTN2015
Who I am
An informal survey
Meds I take
I see a therapist
I'm broken and
I will never be right
How it affects us
1 in 5
Level of disability
๏ Mental health conditions are the second
leading cause of workplace absenteeism
๏ Workers w/ depression lose 5.6 hrs/week
Workers w/o depression lose 1.5 hrs/week
๏ Depression: $43.7 billion in absenteeism
from work (200m days lost), lost
productivity & direct treatment
Mental Health in Tech
US Non-self employed only; as of 9/13/2014
Do you feel that your employer takes mental
health as seriously as physical health?
Do you think that discussing a health issue with
your employer would have negative
Would you bring up a health issue with a
potential employer in an interview?
Do you know the options for mental health care
your employer provides?
Does your employer provide resources to learn
more about mental health issues and how to
Is your anonymity protected if you choose to
take advantage of mental health or substance
abuse treatment resources?
How easy is it for you to take medical leave for
a mental health condition?
Sick workers don’t work
Making your workplace safe
1. Get Buy-In From C-level
2. Mental Health First Aid
3. Know Local Resources
4. Know Your Coverage
5. Actively Engage
Get help from local orgs
We cannot stay silent
I need your help.
Talk. Share. Learn.
Thank you for listening
funkatron.com/osmi • osmihelp.org